Summer Reading Program

Reading Takes You Everywhere!

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Summer Reading Program runs from June 9-July 17. Our reading programs (see below) are through Beanstack- where toddlers, kids, teens, and adults can all participate to win prizes by completing reading requirements for their category. It also includes book and activity logging, badges, and registration for all members of the family under one account. Simply register one time to participate in library-sponsored reading programs and activities all year round.


Kick Off Summer Reading!

Join us for our KICK OFF PARTY on June 9 in the Library parking lot. Games and activities, as well as registration for the summer reading party, will all be available from 11:00-1:00. Lunch is provided by the Pump House (hotdogs, chips, apple, and water) as well as ice cream provided by Prairie Farms. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled time!


PreSchool (minimum age 2 years)

PreSchool group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 for approximately 45 minutes. During this time children will hear stories, participate in activities, and create crafts all centered on the summer’s theme: Reading Takes You Everywhere! Each participant has a reading goal and will have the opportunity to earn entry into the finale pool party!


Kindergarten-5th grade (children entering Kindergarten through 5th grade)

The K-5 crowd meets Tuesday afternoons at 2:00. During this time children will go on a journey around the world, visiting a different country each week. Participants will hear stories, try food, and create crafts themed in the country of the week. Be sure to read every day to gain the opportunity to earn entry into the finale pool party. There will be prizes raffled off at the end of the summer reading program.


Young Adults (youth entering 6th-12th grade)

The Young Adults meet every Thursday at 1:30 and will enjoy each other’s company while participating in a variety of activities for the summer. Don’t forget to complete your reading log to join the finale pool party and enter to win the prizes that will be raffled off at the end of the summer reading program!


Family Group (families)

Not everyone has the capability to make the programs during the day, so we have designed a special Family Group program on Thursday nights at 6:00. This family-focused program includes stories, crafts, and activities. Families are being challenged to read as a group each night to earn their prizes and invitation to the finale pool party.


Adults (18 and older)

We wouldn’t dare leave out the adults during our summer reading! Each week we will provide a program or event for adults that also centers on the theme of Reading Takes You Everywhere. There will be prizes raffled at the end, including gift certificates to local businesses and an Amazon Fire Stick!


Special Performances

Each week we will present special guests at the Round House at 10:00. Performances are free and open to the public, requiring no fees or residency. This year’s lineup:

June 13 Babaloo- comedy, music, and fun
June 20 Glen Foster-magician
June 27 Reptile Experience- live animals!
July 11 Hampstead Theatre- American Folk Songs

All performances will be held at 10:00 at the Round House (633 North Wood River Avenue).


Summer Reading Facts

  • The benefits of summer reading are clear. National research from Dominican University finds that students who participate in public library summer reading programs scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those who did not participate.
  • Parents of children enrolled in the public library summer reading program reported that their children spent more time reading over the summer, read more books, were well prepared for school in the fall, and read more confidently.
  • Young people experience learning losses when they don’t engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. Libraries are part of the solution.
  • To succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. Summer Reading Club reminds kids that reading is for fun—as well as for learning.
  • There’s so much to see, so much to do at your library! There’s no better place to take your kids. The library is a place to learn, read, and have fun…a place the whole family can enjoy. In fact, more than 82 million children attend library programs every year.
  • Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.
  • The amount of time children spend reading outside of school is linked to gains in reading achievement. Numerous studies show that access to books and magazines is directly related to higher reading achievement.

Source: Dominican University IMLS-funded research: Public Library
Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap